Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disaster
The Chris Taylor boat is protecting 300 families
The Chris Taylor boat is protecting 300 families

Thanks to your incredible support we’re continuing our vital work helping vulnerable Filipino families prepare for disaster.

Firstly, the new flood rescue boat we described in our last project report was completed in August. This new boat, the Chris Taylor, is now in place and protecting 300 vulnerable families in Zone 6 of Brgy Ampid 1 in Banaba. One of the residents, Rose, had this to say at the boat handover:

“Thank you so much to IDV’s donors for your undying support and love for the community of Banaba and Ampid San Mateo Rizal. God bless you always.”

We echo Rose’s thanks and are even more delighted to report that the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre has been a veritable boat yard since The Chris Tayor was completed.

We’ve provided eleven boats since 2013, which have rescued hundreds of families in total, but their years of service had left them in need of a little TLC. So, over the last few weeks we've worked with our local partner, Buklod Tao, to restore and refresh the fleet.

At one point the previously provided Nova Mills, Helen Thompson, Grahame Maher and GlobalGiving rescue boats were all dry-docked at the Centre while waiting to be returned to their communities. 

When the Nova Mills was returned to the Armpac area of Banaba we asked local resident, Joseph, how this boat helped his community:

"The Nova Mills boat is a big, big help, especially when the ferocious southwest monsoon (Habagat) struck last year (2018). We were able to use The Noval Mills boat to rescue residents of the community when the flood waters reached chest high. We are very grateful. Special thanks to IDV's donors for providing this help".

Secondly, the rainwater harvesting system and solar water purifier we also described in our last report is working like a dream.

We asked Buklod Tao’s President, Ka Noli, what impact this was having and he had this to say:

“The water purifier has given us opportunities to save on potable water. Instead of buying from the commercial water stations, Buklod Tao in just one month is able to save the cost of eighty liters of water by simply collecting rainwater and passing it through the four-stage water purification. These savings will have a rippling effect to our members as we can use the money for other projects to help the community".

Thanks so much for making all this possible. We’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Four boats dry docked after restoration
Four boats dry docked after restoration
Drinking water from the sky!
Drinking water from the sky!
Cheers to your incredible support
Cheers to your incredible support
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A cubicle ready to be equipped with bedding
A cubicle ready to be equipped with bedding

Thanks to your continued generosity the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre is a hive of community activity at the moment.

Firstly, the cubicles we described in our last project report have come on leaps and bounds. Thanks to your donations another seventeen cubicles have been installed on the Centre’s top floor. These cubicles will each provide another family with privacy and dignity while sheltering in the building during disasters. Thank you so much.

Secondly, our last report also described how your generosity had enabled us to provide a solar powered water purifier for the Centre. With this system now in place it’s possible to ensure that collected rainwater can be made fully potable. So, your donations have also been used to install a rainwater harvesting system to make the building even more self-reliant during storms and floods. Thanks for making this possible too.

Next, and again with your support, we’ve also helped our local partner Buklod Tao to undertake some essential maintenance on the truck we donated back in 2017.

This truck has been a real workhorse over the years, helping to transport everything from flood rescue boats to groups of children attending Christmas parties at the Centre. Buklod Tao’s founder, Ka Noli, sent his thanks as follows:

Thank you to the donors for helping with the much needed repair of the metal flooring of the IDV-donated multicab truck. The welder, Bro Vic, has already finished the repairs at the left side, i.e. the driver’s seat. The next job is the fixing of the holes at the right side flooring. Salamat po for your help!”

Finally, we’re also delighted to announce that we’ve now also started work on yet another flood rescue boat and trailer. When complete this boat will protect 300 families in Zone 6 of Brgy Ampid 1 from rapidly rising flood water. This boat is funded via another of our GlobalGiving projects. Stay tuned to that project page for more updates about this boat coming soon.

All these activities, which have only been possible thanks to your support, are helping prepare the local community for the next disaster that will inevitably strike. Thanks so much for your continued generosity.

We’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Rain water is now being harvested
Rain water is now being harvested
Bro Vic making repairs to the truck
Bro Vic making repairs to the truck
Our latest flood rescue boat is taking shape
Our latest flood rescue boat is taking shape
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Demonstrating a solar panel in action
Demonstrating a solar panel in action

Thanks to your amazing support we’re making great progress to equip the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre. This means that even more Filipino families will soon be able to shelter there during storms.

In our last project report we described how we were about to start work on another twenty-four family cubicles to add to the nineteen previously provided by you.

In total this will allow forty-three families to use the building during disasters. So, since our last update we’ve also used your generous donations to buy more ceiling fans to keep everyone comfortable, and to undertake some maintenance to the existing bathrooms to make sure the building remains sanitary.

Also, while the building has an electrical supply, mains power can often be disrupted after typhoons. So, with your incredible support we’ve also provided the centre with a small solar system that can provide emergency lighting, charge phones and power a drinking water purification system.

Ka Noli, the founder of our local partner organisation, Buklod Tao, described how staff from the local university’s Innovation Centre helped to design and setup the system:

“As you know we recently undertook the scheduled purchases of materials for solar-powered water purifier.

Asst Professor of Ateneo Innovation Center assisted me in the purchases. Next Sunday, 8:00am to after lunch will be the agreed training and installation here at 3rd floor of the Evacuation Centre with Professor Paul Cabacungan and his students.

Around 98% of the materials were purchased already. All others are to be bought in downtown Manila, Saturday by Reymond who offered to purchase the remaining materials.

I gave him the funds for these purchases and he already texted me and mentioned that all the additional parts have been purchased and shall be brought to Buklod Tao before the installation and training day.

Already we have been inviting colleagues here in Buklod Tao, especially plumbers and electricians, to attend this training and installation. Thank you to IDV donors for making this capacity building possible.”

We echo Ka Noli’s thanks, for this and for all your previous support to improve and equip the Centre over the years.

We’re delighted with this recent progress but work on the cubicles themselves has been delayed slightly. Ka Noli explained:

“Your acknowledgment of our current tasks is much appreciated. Attached are pictures of two workers of Master Plumber Gerry who started repairs of toilets/bathrooms Monday mid-afternoon. The two started off with boring of holes at the interior and exterior side of male's toilet/bathroom to facilitate installation of pvc pipes for exhaust ventilation of the smell of the toilet.

For the cubicles, sorry we are hampered by delays due to non-availability of workers.

Work for installations of pipes for cubicle curtain hangers has not started yet, even purchases of metal materials. The builder, Vic has committed to work , after he has finished a job in Marikina City, to fabricate and install roof trusses for the house of his younger brother, Boying.

I agreed to give way for his younger brother's need for trusses installation. It should be done now before the rainy season. After that, Vic assured me the Centre works would be the next.”

We’re keen to see the work completed, and we’re sure you are too. So, we’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Buklod Tao member training on the solar purifier
Buklod Tao member training on the solar purifier
Bathroom maintenance work in the Centre
Bathroom maintenance work in the Centre
Installing an exhaust vent for a bathroom
Installing an exhaust vent for a bathroom
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The Centre recently hosted a Christmas party
The Centre recently hosted a Christmas party

With Christmas upon us and the new year approaching we want to send you our heartfelt thanks for helping Filipino communities prepare for disaster.

Thanks to your generosity we recently provided the “Extension” area of Banaba with a flood rescue boat. This new boat, called “The Bukluran” - which means “Bonding Together”, will work alongside the previously provided “Helen Thompson” rescue boat to protect families living in Banaba Extension from floods.

The Bukluran is smaller than the Helen Thompson and can access narrow alleyways that the Helen Thompson can’t. The two boats will complement each other perfectly and ensure that help is never far away when disaster inevitably strikes again.

While working on The Bukluran we’ve also continued to fundraise to equip the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre. And, with your incredible support, we’ve now raised enough to continue installing cubicles to provide privacy to families during evacuations.

Earlier this year we completed the installation of nineteen cubicles on the building’s first floor. This was a great start but less than half of our overall target. So, we’re excited to soon be starting work on providing another seventeen cubicles on the building’s top floor, and a further seven on the ground floor.

Once complete these cubicles will allow forty-three local families to shelter in safety and with dignity. Thanks so much.

It’s brilliant to see this progress on the Evacuation Centre but it’s also great to see the building being used so much by the community outside of disasters too.

Just last week children from the community dropped by for a wonderful Christmas party with games and gifts for everyone. The kids had so much fun as you can see from the attached photos.

While it was another organisation who supported the party the truck that you helped send to Banaba was put to great use helping transport the children safely to and from the Centre. Our heartfelt thanks for this too.

We’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Our latest rescue boat - The Bukluran
Our latest rescue boat - The Bukluran
Another photo from the Christmas party
Another photo from the Christmas party
The truck we provided taking the kids home
The truck we provided taking the kids home
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Hot meals being provided during the August floods
Hot meals being provided during the August floods

It’s been a turbulent few months for the residents of Banaba, just outside Manila. Yet, with your amazing support, the community has rallied together and survived the recent storms.

In mid August thousands of people were forced to flee their homes when the seasonal monsoon, enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding, brought torrential rains to the capital.

In Banaba the rivers rose quickly and families sought shelter in nearby evacuation centers. The experience can be frightening and uncomfortable, especially for children and older residents, as there’s little or no time to collect belongings, or even emergency food, before evacuating.

Happily, thanks to your previous donations that helped us to stockpile supplies, we were able to work with our amazing partner Buklod Tao to provide hundreds of hot meals to the most vulnerable evacuees. This helped to keep them healthy and provided comfort during a difficult time.

After a few days the water receded. The streets near to the rivers were left coated with a thick layer of mud that needed cleaning. And sadly, many makeshift homes that the poorer residents live in were also damaged by the weather.

But again, thanks to your support, we were able to provide replacement roofing tin and other materials to help around fifteen of the poorest families. This isn’t a long-term solution to their vulnerable housing situation, but this support helped them put a roof back over their heads.

Then, just as things were settling down, typhoon Mangkhut began to threaten the island of Luzon, on which Manila is built. Mangkhut was the strongest typhoon to approach Luzon since 2010 so even those who lived on slightly higher ground feared the worst and evacuated.

Thanks to you the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Center is now partially equipped, and so nearby families sought shelter from the storm inside. The Center also acted as a community hub for preparing meals for those inside and for delivery for other centers nearby.

Although north Luzon was much more seriously affected by Mangkhut, Manila was thankfully spared the worst, and families were able to return home to their normal lives quickly afterwards.

Yet, two major storms in two months serves as a reminder as to how vulnerable Banaba, and the Philippines overall, is to severe weather. So, we remain incredibly grateful for your continued support as we prepare for the next storm to inevitably roll in from the Pacific Ocean.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Houses were damaged by the monsoon weather
Houses were damaged by the monsoon weather
Roofing tin provided with your support
Roofing tin provided with your support
A Banaba family sheltering from typhoon Mangkhut
A Banaba family sheltering from typhoon Mangkhut
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Andy Chaggar
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